By Addison Fox
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
October 15, 2015
Despite her job as a wedding planner, Violet Richardson doesn’t believe a happy-ever-after is in her future. And when she’s kidnapped by a killer, she’s surprised that rescue comes in the form of her tempting yet irritating neighbor, Max Baldwin.
Trying to forget his dark past, Max never meant to take on his attractive neighbor’s troubles. But now the bickering pair must outrun a thug who’s determined to get his hands on mysterious jewels he thinks are in Violet’s possession. As they race for their lives through Dallas’s summer heat, Max and Violet may finally open their eyes to the burning passion they share.
My Thoughts:I have to say that I did like The Professional. It did have action and suspense. However, at the same time I felt like I jumped into a middle of a plot, which I did. Whoops. I was blinded by the hot cover. Anyway, I'm guessing there are more to overall plot, because one of character's step-father is trying to get some rubies and basically will do anything to get them. Overall plot of story is center around these rare rubies were from Britain (yes, I'm over simplifying this). During this mess, Max needs to rescue Violet, because Tripp Lange (the bad guy) will do anything to get his hands on these jewels. It looked for the weakest link, which happens to Violet. Basically, we are galavanting about East Texas to make sure Max and Violet stay safe.
Even though I was playing catch up with my mind, the plot was pretty easy to grasp, and I wasn't too lost for not reading the previous stories. I wouldn't recommend going this way, I would probably suggest reading the previous books to get the full grasp of Tripp's diabolical tendencies. Now the romance aspect of the story, I liked it. I mean we have Max and Violet who kinda of rub on each others nerves. Actually it was more Violet was getting rubbed the wrong way, which has to do with her wall. Those darn emotional walls, they seem to get in the way. Both have issues and have to overcome, Violet has more of a trust issue. Both of them compliment one another. Overall, The Professional is a pretty good read, but don't forget my suggest. There is a plot cliffhanger. Max and Violet get a happy ending, but the overall plot goes on. After all one more person needs to find a happy ending.
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ADDISON FOX can't remember a time when words weren't a part of her life. In addition to being an avid reader, she loves writing novels about strong-willed and exciting heroes and heroines—individuals who are meant for each other and who deserve their happily ever after. After she makes them work for it, of course! Addison lives in Dallas.
Bon Appétit and a Book from Hope White: A delicious recipe of your choice to enjoy alongside the book
These mini blender muffins are by far my favorite recipe for a sweet treat in the afternoon when sitting down with a good book. I imagine these yummy muffins could be served at Healthy Eats restaurant, featured in “Christmas Undercover.” These are truly the best muffins I’ve ever tasted! (The original recipe can be found on: http://www.averiecooks.com)
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Blender Muffins
1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 large egg
Heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch salt, optional and to taste
Heaping 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare mini muffin pans by spraying with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.
To the canister of a blender, add first 7 ingredients, through optional salt, and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
Add chocolate chips and stir in by hand.
Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop that's been sprayed with cooking spray (helps batter slide off spoon or scoop easily), form rounded 1 tablespoon mounds and place mounds into prepared pans. Each cavity should be filled to a solid 3/4 full.
Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the tops are set, domed, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Watch your muffins closely, and bake until done. Allow muffins to cool in pans for about 10 minutes, or until they've firmed up and are cool enough to handle. Muffins are best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
CHRISTMAS UNDER COVER
By Hope White
Harlequin Love Inspired
October 15, 2015
FBI agent Sara Vaughn believes a group of pharmaceutical businessmen are engineering drugs with deadly results. Her boss won’t approve a sting operation, so she goes rogue and follows the suspects on a hike in the Cascade Mountains to record evidence.
But when Sara witnesses them murder one of their own, she is revealed and becomes the target. Saved by a handsome volunteer mountain rescue worker, Sara at first suspects Will Rankin is another bad guy hunting her. But when the widowed father of two risks everything to save her, she knows that Will is all that’s standing between her and seeing Christmas morning.
COLORADO AS A SETTING
By Elle James
I chose Colorado as a setting for HIGH COUNTRY HIDEOUT because I love Colorado and think it’s as rugged as some of my heroes. I also chose it because my hero needed to learn he could do the work, even in such a challenging environment. The Rockies can be beautiful and dangerous, especially for a man who has lost a leg in battle. Angus learns he can still ride a horse, climb hills and be the man he needs to be.
My husband, daughter and I love to visit Colorado to take our ATVs out on the old mining trails. We see some of the most beautiful scenery from 13,000 feet up in the mountains. I wanted my hero to experience some of that beauty to remind him his life is worth living and he can still contribute greatly to the running of a ranch in the mountains. I hope you learn to love Angus as he learns to love himself again.
By Elle James
October 15, 2015
Ranching was Angus Ketchum’s first love - until his last tour of duty shattered that dream. The wounded ex-soldier gets his second chance when he’s recruited to go undercover to protect a widowed ranch owner. But from the moment he meets Reggie Davis, Angus can tell holding onto her land and keeping her young son safe is taking its toll. Especially when someone threatens her livelihood and her life. As the attacks escalate, Angus must rely on his combat skills to keep Reggie and her boy alive. And he must rely on his commitment to the mission to keep their powerful attraction in check.
Award-winning author ELLE JAMES grew up as an air force military brat. She received her work ethic from her father, her creative streak from her mother and inspiration from her writing partner and sister.
A former member of the Army Reserve and a current member of the Air Force Reserve, she's traveled across the US and Germany, managed a full-time job, and raised three wonderful children. She and her husband even tried their hands at ranching exotic birds (ostriches, emus and rheas). Ask her, and she'll tell you what it's like to go toe-to-toe with an angry 350 pound bird and live to tell about it.
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